A New Way To Keep My Sanity

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I hadn’t read a book in so long I forgot why I love reading them (and just as importantly, writing them!). It’s about losing yourself in another world, a different time, someone else’s inside, messed-up life. It’s about leaping into the rabbit hole.

My reading cycle slowly began to sputter back to life over the Christmas Holiday when I picked up David Levithan’s Every Day. The book called to me from the display of a second floor Barnes & Noble. It was a gravitational pull that lead me to “What Teens Are Reading”. There was something about this paperback. The pale yellow cover or the lettering. All I knew is I had to have it. Like a sponge; I soaked half of this book up in a comfy oversized arm chair in the lounge part of the Pittsford Barnes & Noble. The mere idea of this character- someone who woke up in a new body everyday, was interesting, but it was the objective thoughts on racism, genderism, and love that had me so intrigued. The was a subtle message that was so well placed, so well said, I finished the book in awe. It was a moment where you step back, begin a slow-clap, and tip your hat saying, “Well done.”

Since that book I had been hungry for something more. Some other book to blow my mind.

While I have a few in progress, I really hadn’t found the one that would kick-start my book frenzy. Until, of course, Splinter.

Again, I’m at Barnes & Nobles, wandering through the Teen section when it catches my eye. The glowing green vines that frame the cover, blond hair shaping her small face as her big blue eye makes contact with mine.

I’ve seen this cover before.

I pick up the book and as I suspect, I had seen it on Nathalia Sullen’s website when I was checking her out as a potential cover designer for What It Took To Realize & Voodoo. This was one of the covers that made me send that initial email.

I buy it. The second one too.

And finally, I have found the book I’ve been looking for. The one to ignite that little flame in the back of my brain that flickers as it chants: Must read. Must read.

Then it all clicks. Reading. The solution to my pressing anxiety and headaches of frustration and unhappiness that cloak me at work. Read.

Now, when I tell you I have books spread out everywhere, I do mean everywhere. From Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings in the bathroom (you know… for bathroom-ly things…), to A Blue So Dark in the livingroom, Splintered at the bedside, and Coyote Blue by the hilarious Christopher Moore propped open next to my computer at work for some sly entertainment.

Maybe books are consuming my life… Or maybe they’re just the thing I need right now to keep my sanity through my own rollercoaster.

Breath-Taking

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Red rose petals

falling

falling

As she reached for her book

sinking

sinking

She waded in the river

not caring

not caring

To get wet.
Her delicate fingers

reaching

reaching

For rim soaked pages.
Tears

streaming

streaming

Down her flushed cheeks.
Her black hair

skimming

skimming

The water, waist deep…
She was breath-taking.

_picture it & write inspiration. Just a “breath-taking” photo. Please check it out ;]

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So book number three has been going pretty well. The first few are more like novellas, I’m not the best at writing lengthy stories -_- but I have high hopes for this one! There’s a lot more that is going on so there is a lot more to write about.

Other than writing I have sent Book number one to get copyrighted (WOOT) and am scouting for publishers O.o, not an easy task. I have found a good number that will, thankfully, except unsolicited manuscripts, but I just get discouraged. I don’t like playing this waiting game, and let’s face it I don’t really have time to. I’m eventually going to have to go and get a job, yuck, and I just really don’t want to. Writing it what I want to do, but with waiting for my copyright and for publishers to get back to me, it seems I have no choice. Oh the life of a starving artist >.<.

Any ways don’t think I have forgotten about nominating people for the Lovely Blogger award, I will get to it soon. Promise. ;]

So before I get that done, check out the new song I posted —>Four Wall Cell <—I wrote it while in the shower, well OK physically writing down then would have been impossible but it CAME to me during the shower.

Perhaps after getting the copyright I’ll give you a taste of Book number One, and I might post the lyrics for a song in Book number Three 😀

Now that I have used up all my favorite smileys I will let you go :O.